orda2.jpgSaranac Lake, N.Y. - Congratulations to all of the Tri-Lakes area Olympians who represented this region and the United States so well during February's XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada.  This Friday, March 5, the Village of Saranac Lake, the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, the Women's Civic Chamber and the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA), will honor several of those athletes with a parade beginning at 4 p.m.  The parade route is scheduled to start at the corner of Olive St. and Broadway and make its way to the Town of Harrietstown Town Hall on Main St.  WHO: Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid), 2010 Olympic biathlete; Tim Burke (Paul Smiths), 2009-10 overall biathlon World Cup leader and 2010 Olympic biathlete; Ashley Caldwell (Lake Placid), 2010 U.S. Olympic free-style aerialist; Bill Demong (Vermontville), Olympic gold and silver nordic combined  medalist and U.S. Olympic team flag bearer during the Olympic Closing Ceremony; Peter Frenette (Saranac Lake), 2010 U.S. Olympic ski jumper; Mark Grimmette (Lake Placid), 2010 U.S. Olympic luge athlete and U.S. Olympic team flag bearer for Opening Ceremony; Haley Johnson (Lake Placid), 2010 U.S. Olympic biathlete; Chris Mazdzer (Saranac Lake), 2010 Olympic luge athlete; Emily Sweeney (Saranac Lake), U.S. national luge team athlete WHAT: Parade from Olive St., to the Town of Harrietstown Town Hall on Main St., in Saranac Lake, N.Y. to honor their Olympic achievements WHERE: Saranac Lake, N.Y., beginning on Olive St. and Broadway and concluding on Main St., in front of the Town of Harrietstown Town Hall WHEN: Friday, March 5, 4 p.m. Media who would like to interview the athletes and cover the parade are encouraged to contact Jon Lundin, ORDA public relations coordinator, e-mail: jlundin@orda.org, cell: 518.637.6885. The athletes will be available for interviews from 3:15 to 4 p.m. on Olive St., and additional interview and photo opportunities will be available at the Town of Harrietstown Town Hall following the parade.


About ORDA Established in 1982, the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) was created by the State of New York to manage the facilities used during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games at Lake Placid. ORDA operates Whiteface and Gore Mountain ski areas; the Olympic Sports Complex at Mt. Van Hoevenberg; the Olympic speedskating oval, Olympic jumping complex and Olympic arena. As host to international and national championships, the Authority has brought millions of athletes, spectator and participants to the region, resulting in significant economic development.  CONTACT:    Jon Lundin, ORDA public relations coordinator, (jlundin@orda.org) at (518) 523-1655 ext. 213